Thursday, August 17, 2017

science for kids: free Aug. 21 eclipse ebook from Apologia

Did you know an eclipse is supposed to take place next Monday, August 21? (if the Lord allows!)

Lately I'm finding myself a little out of the loop when it comes to current events, so I'm thankful for sweet friends who tell you an eclipse is coming soon and give your entire family special viewing glasses! And for other blog friends who post about free ebooks you can do with your kids! :)

Here's a link to sign up for a free 20-page ebook from Apologia about the coming eclipse!

If the Lord wills, we're planning to go through ours tomorrow and Monday morning before the eclipse crosses here! :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Zane turns 4

Our littlest man turned four years old on Sunday! Birthdays are a big deal at our house, and I think Zane really enjoyed every moment of his day. :)

It was a sleepy day- it was so dark outside that we slept in later than we expected, but we still had time for cinnamon rolls and presents before church. :) The kids all made him cards (I LOVE his expression here!):

 This time we went for orange cinnamon rolls (going with the orange theme he requested!):

One of his birthday presents from us was this Robin costume (his favorite character!):

And then after church, we had pizza for lunch and homemade pizza for dinner! :)

I doubled the pizza dough recipe from this book (just flour, water, salt, yeast, olive oil, and a little sugar):

And this was the tasty outcome of all that dough:

I was most excited about the caramelized onion pizza (bottom right) inspired by my friend Sophie who lives in France! I couldn't get her original recipe from my email (it was down), but I did my best to replicate it with what we had and it was an incredible combo!! I used onions, cream cheese chunks, garlic, butter, and olive oil and we fell in love with a brand new style of pizza! (Thank you, Sophie, for opening up a whole new world to us!)

And then for dessert we enjoyed his creative request: strawberry cake with orange (carrot strawberry) icing and strawberries on top:

Oh, that boy- he makes us all smile. We love him so. His tender heart is a precious gift to our family. He is one of a kind!

Monday, August 14, 2017

unbelievably amazing, my sidekick, + helpmating & other goals this week

Our weekend began with an excruciating trip to the grocery store where I spent five whole minutes in the parking lot without ever leaving my car. ;) If you haven't tried it before, let me tell you- Walmart's grocery pickup service is the best thing invented in the last decade! You grocery shop through their website, download their app, and then as you drive into the Walmart parking lot, their employee COMES OUTSIDE WITH YOUR GROCERIES and LOADS them in your car! It is incredible.

(I wish I could use a hundred more exclamation points for how amazing it is, but my ! key is almost worn out already so I'll leave it to your imagination. ;) ).

We picked up for the very first time at the end of June after Kristin reminded me of it in the comments on this post. Now I'm not sure I can ever go back to regular shopping again.

And then, my night became even better- we bought dinner without getting out of the car either!! (What IS this world coming to??)

We worked almost all day Saturday, and then on Sunday we went to church and celebrated Zane's birthday (I hope to post about it tomorrow, Lord-willing). Today we had family over and the party kept going- the kids got to see their aunt, cousins, and Nana! We had the best time visiting while the kids played.

This little lady is starting to love the sling, thankfully- which freed my hands up a bit while we were preparing for the day. I wore this sling with Isabella, and wore this very black sling for months with Ava (8 years ago!). I'm so happy Naomi is getting the hang of it too:

I love babywearing! Give me all the squishy sweet babies!! I love, love this 5-week-old stage:

But the 2-year-old stage is pretty cute too, I'll admit: :D

It's certainly no little task to have small ones, but these babies bring us SO much joy!! What a blessing kids are, at all the stages, big and small.

Here's what I have on my goal list this week:

:: do ::

pray alone
exercise 5x
listen to worship music
blog every day :D
wash sofa cushions
do sewing repairs

:: read :: 
Ruth + Psalms

:: learn :: 
listen to 2-3 teachings/ sermons

:: be ::
a good helpmate.

My husband has been really busy dealing with lots of unexpected work for the last several weeks, so I would like to help him in any way I can to lighten his burdens here. I'm not really sure what that will entail yet as far as to-do list activities, but I'm pretty sure that his wife having a good attitude is always helpful no matter what. ;) We are a team, and I want to be willing to carry extra loads when he has to. :)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

the happiest news ever

This is the best news your ears could ever hear:

"God is not only just and he’s not only wrathful. He’s massively loving, and God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son to hang on a cross and become a curse for us, so that all of the wrath designed for us for eternity would be wrapped up in Jesus. As we fly to Jesus and say, “Take me, please, cover me, shield me, be my refuge,” he will, and never again will there be one moment of wrath on your life. Not one moment."

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